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The Earth Charter Initiative

The Earth Charter Initiative

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 Acknowledgments
This is to thank a number of people for their valuable input and feedback on the Guidebook:Guillem Ramis, Louise Erbacher, Brendan Mackey, Linda Hill, Johanna Thompson, Peter Blaze Corcoran, Rick Clugston,Eliana Carvalho, Calin Rudeanu, Pierre Terver, teachers from the San Jeronimo elementary school, Clayton White, MichaelSlaby, Joan Anderson, Sam Crowell, and Claire Clugston. Also, thanks to the Peace Education Master’s programme at the University for Peace, and especially to Jamie Raddatz,Sadaf Cameron, and Arianne Shaffer for their project on the Guidebook. August, 2005I.S.B.N.:9977-925-42-9
The cover pictures show children’s adaptations and education workbooks of the Earth Charter developed in the following countriesMexico(2), Spain, Brazil and Costa Rica.
 
Preface
Guidebook for Teachers 
Earth Charter Initiative Secretariat
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Over the past five years, a number of groups in different parts of the world haveapproached the Earth Charter Secretariat to seek guidance, examples, and materials tohelp them integrate the Earth Charter into their teaching. This Guidebook is an attemptto respond to this need. Numerous individuals helped enrich this material by offeringtheir experience and expertise in the development of the Guidebook.The initial elements that formed the basis of this Guidebook were originated in an on-line forum held in September 2001, which articulated an educational philosophy for theEarth Charter and involved diverse educators from around the world. Further discussions were held in December 2003, with a broader group of individuals involvedeither in formal or non-formal education, addressing the suggested pedagogies,structure and content of such resource. Building on these rich insights, a draft guidebookwas prepared in September 2004, which received feedback from different groups for over a year before it was finalized.This resource is meant to provide general guidelines with a clear understanding that itsadaptation to local context will be essential. It was designed based on the Earth Charter,as
one possible
educational tool that can help develop an understanding of the criticalchoices facing humanity. Our intention is not to impose the Earth Charter as the onlyinstrument, but one that is useful and helpful in the experience of educating for sustainable development.The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development initiated this year with a recognition that for the goals of the Decade to be realized, appropriate teachingresources are needed. This guidebook seeks to be a contribution of the Earth Charter Initiative towards the successful implementation of the Decade’s goals of building amore just, equitable and sustainable global society.
 Mirian Vilela
Executive Director Earth Charter International Secretariat  August 2005 

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